“The ANC accepted Zikalala's resignation with pain and difficulty as he was still doing a great job in the province since he took over.
“We are grateful for the job he has done for the people of this province and we appreciate that he made a conscious decision not to leave office hastily,” provincial secretary Bheki Mtolo said.
Mtolo also praised Zikalala for a number of provincial government departments receiving unqualified audit outcomes for the first time during his tenure.
“We thank Zikalala for his dedication to serve the people of KwaZulu-Natal as he was mandated by the ANC,” he added.
A new premier will be sworn in once interviews are concluded and Zikalala's resignation is confirmed by the provincial legislature.